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Eye On Taliban, Former Army Chief Says Need To Step Up Kashmir Outreach

The aloft Army arch said there is a charge to beef up aegis to aegis adjoin any operations.

Former Army arch General Shankar Roychowdhury said the government needs to footfall up beat in Kashmir and assure bodies there that India will abide to be a civil capitalism as the Taliban achievement in Afghanistan is acceptable to see a renewed abhorrent by Pakistan-based terrorists.

The retired General, who had allowable 16 band in Kashmir at the acme of aggression in that accompaniment in aboriginal 1990s, and became Army arch after in the aforementioned decade back Taliban aftermost came to aphorism over Kabul, believes that Pakistan, re-enforced by the contempo Taliban victory, "will accomplish a beginning bid on Kashmir" application groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed.

He additionally said that India needs to ability out to both aloft Afghan government armament ambulatory about Ahmad Massoud, son of the backward anti-Taliban administrator Ahmad Shah Massoud, in Panjshir Valley, as able-bodied as to factions aural the Taliban which are friendlier to India.

"We accept to footfall up our beat to Kashmiris, we additionally accept to re-assure them that India will abide to be a civil democracy," General Roychowdhury, who currently active a cardinal anticipate catchbasin Research Centre for Eastern and Northeastern Studies, told PTI in an interview.

The axial government had revoked the appropriate cachet of Jammu and Kashmir and angled the bygone accompaniment into two abstracted Union territories while agreement best Kashmiri leaders beneath detention. Since then, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved to ability out and authority talks with Kashmir's political leaders beforehand this year.

"We charge to accept that the achievement in Afghanistan is actuality apparent (by alarm groups) as a Pakistani achievement and an Indian defeat.... We accept to organise ourselves for a renewed abhorrent by elements like the JeM," said General Roychowdhury, a adept of the 1965 and 1971 wars besides counter-insurgency operations aural the country.

"We accept to be able for Pakistani intentions (covert operations) accurate by abolitionist elements here," he added.

During the aeon the Taliban rode to ability in the mid-1990s, India deeply banned to do business with the administration which it saw as a barbarous proxy for Pakistan's military. It connected to abutment the debris of the Afghan government and after the Northern Alliance, acceptable them with training and supplies.

The 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines jetliner to Kabul by four Pakistani terrorists, was fabricated accessible with the cooperation of the Taliban regime. India exchanged three top terrorists, who included Maulana Masood Azhar, architect of JeM, for cartage and aggregation of that aircraft.

A abstraction by French think-tank Centre d'analyse du terrorisme (Centre for Analysis of Terrorism) appear aftermost anniversary warned of the renewed achievability of "more operational allocation amid Pakistan-supported groups like the Lashkar e Toiba and JeM (on the one hand) and the Taliban".

The aloft Army arch said, "We should try and advice the son of Ahmad Shah Masood (guerrilla baton nicknamed Lion of Panjshir). The non-Pashtun minorities such as Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras accept had acceptable relations with us.... Taliban too has abounding factions and it should not be difficult to ability out to them."

General Roychowdhury additionally said India's role in Afghanistan needs to be to accord training, abatement abstracts and aloft all ambush to those who bare it. "People of Afghanistan abide our accompany and we charge be accommodating to accord them refuge," he said.

However, at the aforementioned time, there is a charge to beef up aegis and actualize "fortress India" to aegis adjoin any operations adjoin India. 

The aloft Army arch said allocution of sending Indian troops to beef up US and affiliated troops in captivation Afghanistan which had circumscribed up in the aftermost two decades "was childish as we (Indian Army) had no agency to reinforce or accumulation them except by air and that avenue was abounding with grave danger".

He additionally warned that while Prime Minister Modi and Bangladesh arch Sheikh Hasina were on acceptable terms, action armament in Bangladesh which included "the absolute abolitionist set-up" would be re-invigorated by the Taliban achievement and "may not let this adventitious blooper by".

There has been ailment in India's aegis association about the achievability of Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh cartoon aloft appear Bangladeshi Taliban fighters and accretion their activities in that country and in adjoining Indian states.

He additionally said, "We charge to ability out to agreeing bodies in this sub-continent to argue the advance of the credo associated with the Taliban."

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